"T. A. Zook Basscello" documents a solo basscello performance at the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music Benefit II ( http://www.dc-soniccircuits.org/
) at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, MD, USA ( http://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org/
). The performance was unscored, unrehearsed and extemporaneously improvised on the spot. The recording was done with a stereo microphone. There was no editing, DI, multi-tracking or any other studio processing. This is how it actually happened -- including the ambience of a little audience noise and occasional "clicks" as the performer's feet engaged processor buttons.
Although this performance was on basscello, T. A. Zook's principal instrument is nylon-string guitar; he also plays electric guitar; electric bass (5-string fretless and fretted); and a variety of analog instruments such as bowls, rainsticks, slidewhistle, whistle-flutes, oceanharp, etc., through digital signal processors. He began his study of the guitar in Chile and Uruguay (under Luis Acosta), and continued upon his return to the U.S. in the early 1960s, having the extraordinarily good fortune to then study under Sophocles Papas (classical) and Frank Mullen (jazz). Since 1999, he has been participating in improvisational workshops led by his friend and mentor David Darling ( http://www.daviddarling.com
) under the auspices of the Music for People organization (http://www.musicforpeople.org
). T. A. Zook's website is http://www.myspace.com/tazook
"T. A. Zook Basscello" was recorded by Daniel Barbiero ( http://danielbarbiero.alkem.org/
T. A. Zook extends his most sincere appreciation for Massimo Croce's trail-blazing work in documenting the past, present and future of experimental music in general, and in particular for the support of the music he is privileged to have come through him.